The antitrust team in Atsumi & Sakai has acted as local counsel and as lead counsel on numerous multinational antitrust cases (some involving dozens of jurisdictions) and has significant experiences in dealing with the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), the US Department of Justice, The European Commission and other foreign regulators. The team, through full discussions with JFTC and other foreign regulators and relevant local lawyers, coordinates the many conflicting and complex legal issues of each local law and practice to guide the clients to the most effective global solution.
The team handles many international cartel investigations and private enforcements and extradition issues as well as international and domestic merger controls.
Recently we have seen a sharp increase in consultation and advice for vertical restraints, including restraints on distribution, resale price maintenance and discounting, and also abuse of dominant bargaining positions including request of rebates or disclosure of customer information in platform businesses. Some of this relates to preparation of responses to obligatory or voluntary sector searches made by the JFTC to the investigated parties or any third parties.
In addition, Atsumi & Sakai provides advice on domestic or international compliance system including system for group subsidiaries and relevant internal training.